27 About that time, some prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. 28 One of them, Agabus, stood up and, inspired by the Spirit, predicted that a severe famine would overtake the entire Roman world. (This occurred during Claudius’ rule.) 29 The disciples decided they would send support to the brothers and sisters in Judea, with everyone contributing to this ministry according to each person’s abundance. 30 They sent Barnabas and Saul to take this gift to the elders. (Acts 11:27-30, CEB)
Is this the first stewardship drive in the church?
Nope, there was support in Paul’s letters which came before Acts. Disciples of Christ are always supportive of others and know when others are in need and give, not for what they get but because they have been blessed and in blessing others the blessing will be returned.
We give because God loves us when we were not in a position to ask for love.
So give because you have been blessed. That is loving and what we are called to do.
Loving People. Loving God.